13 things to consider before adopting transracially.
Adopting a child of a different race is not something everybody is comfortable doing. Two of my three children are biracial (black/white) and and my husband & I are white. My third child is white although she is biologically related to her siblings. Because they came home to us as a multiracial sibling group, they don’t have a lot of the racial issues other people may sometimes have with a racially mixed family. Here’s 13 things to consider before you adopt transracially.
1. Your family dynamics will forever change and you will now be a racially mixed family, not a “white family with a asian (or black) child”.
2. If you have any racists in your family, now would be a good time to have a talk with them.
3. If you live in an all white community, how will your child be treated?
4. How will you feel about your child, this person who is now part of your family, if others treat him/her different because of their skin color?
5. What do you know about their biological culture? Is it enough to answer questions they may have?
6. Can you discuss racism with them and hear what they have to say?
7. In your heart, are you comfortable doing this? Because if there is a chance you going to regret it, don’t do it.
8. Are you prepared to be asked intrusive questions about your adoption?
9. Remember, your child is not the only one who is different within your family….so are you.
10. Do you know that there are organizations that are against transracial adoptions?
11. Spend time examining your own beliefs about race and ethnicity.
12. Do you already have other children? How will they feel about being part of a racially mixed family?
13. Are you prepared to discuss and dispel racial stereotypes with your child, your family and your community?adopting a child, biracial, family dynamics, Multiracial, sibling group, siblings, transracial, Transracial Adoption